October 8-9, 2021


One University Avenue, Mechanicsburg,
PA 17055

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Early Bird Registration Ends
September 30th!

HOMECOMING & Family Weekend 2021 / what's going on

Whether you are a current student, recent alum, Golden Grad or honorary member of the Messiah family, we hope that you are excited to reconnect, reminisce and renew your affinity towards Messiah University during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021! On Friday, October 8th, we welcome back our Golden Grads and will honor the Class of 1970 & 1971 at our Golden Grad Luncheon. During the evening, we will gather with our Young Alumni (classes 2010-2021) at Appalachian Brewing Company in downtown Harrisburg.

On Saturday, October 9th, we honor the classes of ’80, ’81, ’90, ’91, ’95, ’96, ’00, and ’01 who will celebrate their milestone reunions on Saturday at Reunion Row. All are invited to enjoy Homecoming favorites, such as Varsity Athletic Competitions, Lifelong Learning Sessions, the Whiteout March and our SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse, or check the schedule for new events for 2021!

And be sure to stay with us into the evening to enjoy FIREWORKS following the Men’s Soccer Game at Starry Field!

An Update for Visiting Campus:

Messiah University has gone to great lengths to keep our students safe and to minimize the risks of COVID cases spreading throughout our campus community. And while we endeavor to continue to provide a safe environment for our students, we also value our alumni and families and are excited to celebrate our first Homecoming and Family Weekend as a university. Therefore, we are asking you, our alumni and families, to partner with Messiah in our efforts to keep you, our students, and our campus community safe by abiding by the following health and safety guidelines while on campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend.

  • Messiah University requires masking in all university buildings for all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. Masks may be removed outside, when physical distancing is able to be maintained. If you do not have one, we will provide you with a mask at our registration desk just inside Eisenhower Campus Center.
  • Social distance six feet from individuals outside your family.

Assess your personal health prior to arriving on campus. If you, or any family member feels ill, please stay home and join us next year.


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Register / Early Bird Registration Ends September 30th!

Early birds who register by October 1st will be entered into a drawing to receive Messiah gear, gift cards and more!

*Early registration helps us to ensure we are ready for your visit. There is no cost to register, but a few activities involve a registration fee. These items, along with a specific cost, will be listed on the registration page. All those who register by Sept. 30th will be placed in our early bird prize drawing. Prizes include Messiah gear, gift cards and more. Don’t miss out, register today!

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Event Schedule / don't forget it

Class of 1970 & 1971 Reunion

Jordan Atrium/Hollinger Lounge

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center


Martin Commons

Golden Grad Luncheon

Martin Commons

Various Campus Activities

Campus Wide

Young Alumni Reunion (Classes of 2010-2021)

Our Young Alumni Reunion celebrates the classes of 2010-2021. Come out to play BINGO, enjoy the patio deck, and connect with former classmates. All graduates of the last decade are invited to join us at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg on the eve of Homecoming, Friday, October 8th, to enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and to welcome the class of 2020 & 2021 into our alumni community! Register today!

50 North Cameron St. Harrisburg, Pa 17101 · 2nd Floor

Messiah University Homecoming 5k $

  • Check-in/Register at the campus' Main Entrance 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
  • Run Begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end at Starry Athletic Fields Complex

Men’s Club Soccer Alumni Match

Rec Field #1

Homecoming Check-In & Information

Eisenhower Campus Center

Aughinbaugh Gallery

Climenhaga Fine Arts Center

Alumni Women’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

The Collaborative Canvas

Join us for this collaborative painting project designed by Daniel Finch, Professor of Art, and led by Art and Design students.

Alumni Wrestling Practice

Sollenberger Sports Center, Wrestling Room

Collab/Engineering Open House (Frey 070)

At 11am there will be a short program to recognize the contribution of retired founders Dr.Donald Pratt & Dr. David Vader.

Archives Open House

Murray Library, Lower Level

Oakes Museum Open House & Children’s Craft

Jordan Science Center, Oakes Museum

“Earthkeepers” Nature Walk

Departs from Oakes Museum

Alumni Softball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Softball Field

Symphony Orchestra Family Concert

High Center, Parmer Hall

Various Food Trucks

Upper visitor lot adjacent to Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center.

Powderpuff: First Years vs. Sophomores

Rec Field #1

Women’s Volleyball vs. Elizabethtown

Hitchcock Arena

Alumni Baseball Pick-up

Starry Athletic Fields, Baseball Field

Various Open Houses

Career Center, Library & Rafiki House

Prospective Student Pizza Reception

Admissions & Welcome Center 310 – Tours follow reception

Lifelong Learning Sessions (Locations TBD)

  • "Beekeeping for Beginners" - Brandon Hoover (Grantham Road, Lower Gardens)
  • "A Conversation on the Relationship Between Science & Religion" - Rick Shaeffer (Boyer 131)
  • "The Case for Divine Creation from the Fine-Tuning of the Cosmos" - Robin Collins (Boyer 130)
  • "Reading the Bible; Reading Race: A (Faith) Commitment to the Other" - Emerson Powery & Kerry Hasler-Brooks (Boyer 134)

Alumni Men’s Soccer Pick-up

Practice Fields

Alumni Women’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Canoeing on the Breeches $

Yellow Breeches

Powderpuff: Juniors vs. Seniors

Rec Fields

Li’l Falcon Zone

Larsen Student Union, Patio & Lawn

Men’s Volleyball Alumni Match

Sawyer Courts

Campus Tour

Departs from Admissions & Welcome Center 310

Alumni Swim Meet


Women’s Volleyball: Elizabethtown vs. Rutgers-Camden

Hitchcock Arena

Reunion Row Reception

This event is for classes of '80, '81, '90, '91, '95, '96, '00, and '01. *Note: this is a drop-in reception with no specific programming.  Please bring your own blankets and chairs.

Powderpuff: Championship Game

Rec Field #1

Women & Men’s Alumni Tennis Match

Criste Courts

Lifelong Learning Sessions (Locations TBD)

  • "Where to Invest Given the Current Macroeconomic Backdrop" - Dwayne Safer (Finance Lab, Frey 143.1)
  • "Goldilocks: Finding the "Just Right" in Experiencing and Expressing Emotions" - Valerie Lemmon (Boyer 130)

Concert Choir and Alumni Rehearsal

High Center, Parmer Hall

Women’s Volleyball vs. Rutgers-Camden

Hitchcock Arena

Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Lebanon Valley College

Shoemaker Field

Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Pick-up

Lacrosse Turf

Messiah University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

High Center, Parmer Hall

Men’s LAX 25th Anniversary Picnic Celebration

Tent located adjacent to Anderson Field.  Registration required!

White-Out March

Hostetter Chapel

Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Lebanon Valley College

Shoemaker Field

Jazz Ensemble Concert

High Center, Parmer Hall


Shoemaker Field

SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse

Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium

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We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021 and look forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with you!
One University Avenue,
PA 17055

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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055